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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Jeffrey Tate , English Chamber Orchestra , Mitsuko Uchida Audio CD
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“Perhaps uniquely, Uchida made her first international reputation in the music of Mozart, and has spent a lifetime unfussily shrinking the gap between the possible and the ideal. These are performances of enchanting grace, proportion and controlled vitality, replete with those twin Mozartian virtues ‘taste and feeling’, and the most ... Read more in Amazon's Mitsuko Uchida Store

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  • Performer: Mitsuko Uchida
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000040YS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No 22 In E Flat, KV 482: Allegro
2. Piano Concerto No 22 In E Flat, KV 482: Andante
3. Piano Concerto No 22 In E Flat, KV 482: Allegro - Andante cantabile - Tempo I
4. Piano Concerto No. 23 In A, KV 488: Allegro
5. Piano Concerto No. 23 In A, KV 488: Adagio
6. Piano Concerto No. 23 In A, KV 488: Allegro assai

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 482 + 488 = Paradise August 19, 2011
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The Uchida/Tate/ECO cycle of Mozart Piano Concertos should have been a world-beater but it failed by a hairsbreadth. The Penguin Guide affixed the blame on Ucida, citing her `Dresden China' propensities. I would not disagree: there is something deeply unsatisfying about her playing - `deeply' in the sense of the flaw not being immediately apparent. On one level, the performances are very listenable, stylish and proficient. The connection of these masterworks with Mozart the opera composer is made clear. But in the last analysis, one is left unmoved. Keats, in his great wisdom, formulated the paradigm that Truth is Beauty and vice versa. That may be so but not in Mozart, whose abysses cannot be wallpapered over. When confronted with K 491 for instance, Uchida responds to the tempest with beautified passagework. One never senses a genuine, Richter-like reckoning with the Furies.

The performances above reflect the partnership at its best. They were recorded early in the cycle. Both concertos, it is true, have middle movements in a minor key. For whatever reason, in this instance Uchida threw caution to the wind to revel in the introspective darkness. Tate and the ECO are equally dazzling

While the A Major is more memorable performance-wise than the great E Flat, the latter should not be gainsaid. Girdlestone described K 482 as the most queenly of Mozart's ouevre and the stately treatment of the first movement supports this contention. Elsewhere, Uchida's embellishments in the interlude of the final movement are superb - I have yet to hear better. All in all, it is a fine performance

The rendition of the A Major, K 488, could be the best in existence. It is flawless. For example, Uchida's virtuosity in the finale is stunning (and nor was she able to recapture her brio in the Cleveland remake).

Don't buy the entire cycle - this solitary CD is the pick of the crop.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of her piano concerto cycles June 6, 1999
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I love this performances because it's full of drive/momentum. Maybe the 3rd movt.(Rondo) of No.23 is one of the fastest performance without sounding shallow or superficial. Extremely good sound quality is also a plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music June 2, 2014
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Very beautiful music from a master played by very accomplished pianists. If you like W. A. Mozart, you will enjoy!
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